Jessica Igo
Jessica Igo Fink

2011 Winner

Colorado State University

About Jessica

What are you doing now? I am currently the Sr. Account Manager – Meat Scientist on the Food Animal Resource Management team for Merck Animal Health. My responsibilities include organizing meat science research and technical activities as well as animal welfare and handling research.   

How did the W.D. Farr Scholarship help you achieve your goals? Receiving the W.D. Farr Scholarship allowed me to dedicate full attention to education and research interests while pursuing a Ph.D. at Colorado State University. My education has been instrumental as I continue involvement in the beef industry and a continuous pursuit of my true passion for meat science.   

What advice do you have for students to be successful? As a student I would advise you to figure out what you are most passionate about and pursue your passion with reckless abandon. There will always be speed bumps, set-backs and detours, but if you are willing to work hard and set goals there is nothing that you cannot achieve.   

What do you think was W.D. Farr's most important trait? W.D. Farr’s most important trait was his vision and pursuit of continuous improvement. He was never satisfied with status quo and sought opportunities that diversified and pushed him as an individual and as a businessman to improve and constantly learn new things.